HAPPY HOUR: Spiked Cider

Happy Friday everyone! Nothing says fall in the Stephenson household more than pumpkin picking, apple cider, and some good pumpkin ice cream! This is the delicious recipe I will be serving up this weekend for our amazing fall weekend.

SPIKED CIDER.

SPIKED CIDER.

INGREDIENTS

1 Quart of apple cider

1 Package of mulling spices

Spiced Rum (We always prefer Bacardi)

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring the quart of apple cider and package of mulling spices to a boil.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain out all mulling spices, serve cider over 1 ounce of spiced rum.

 

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

 

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HOLIDAY: No Carve Pumpkins

So last year David and I went to this amazing little pumpkin patch, drank cider, went through a corn maze, and of course picked pumpkins. Well the Halloween dream ended there because once we got home we didn’t do anything with our pumpkins! They sat around looking cute, but under decorated. If you’re like us and maybe are not in the mood to carve pumpkins this year, here are some great no carve ways to decorate your pumpkins!

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This would be such a great activity for a little one!

This would be such a great activity for a little one!

Painted and Pinned.

Painted and Pinned.

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I love this! Paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and use it as your Halloween Party Menu Board!

I love this! Paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and use it as your Halloween Party Menu Board!

Day of The Dead Pumpkin!

Day of The Dead Pumpkin!

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more ways to use every DIY girls favorite... glitter!

more ways to use every DIY girls favorite… glitter!

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Love this. All this would take is some white paint and a gold sharpie!

Love this. All this would take is some white paint and a gold sharpie!

I had to share this one because everyone knows I LOVE a good monogram. Plus as an added bonus.... that is my new future monogram!

I had to share this one because everyone knows I LOVE a good monogram. Plus as an added bonus…. that is my new future monogram! :)

 

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Pumpkin Patch Wedding

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year, the start to many holidays and so many fun activities to do. I thought I would start off all of my Halloween and pumpkin crazed posts with some great pumpkin patch inspired wedding pictures. I think this is just such a fun and unique wedding venue for this time of year!

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HOME-SPIRATION: Bold Doors

In honor of our new backdoor being installed today, I thought I would share some of my favorite home-spiration images of bold new doors. You can you use color on any door to give a space a unique feel or just a pop of color!

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Such an adorable pantry door for a fun and funky kitchen!

Such an adorable pantry door for a fun and funky kitchen!

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Fall Harvest Wedding

When it comes to fall you always think of leaves changing, pumpkin spice lattes, and crisp fall air (oh wait I live in Texas, it was 95 degrees outside this week!). Despite my fall weather set backs I decided to dedicate this weeks WEDDING WEDNESDAY post to a Fall Harvest wedding theme. Rich colors, great weather, and anything pumpkin will do!

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Make your own carmel apple bar. LOVE.

Make your own carmel apple bar. LOVE.

What great favors! Perfect for the fall!

What great favors! Perfect for the fall!

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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Plaid Fox

In my opinion it really takes time and effort to find good online home goods stores that are the generic West Elm or Pottery Barn. Don’t get me wrong I do love those places, but sometimes you are wanting something a little bit more original, something a little less expensive, or just something new! The website of the week posts really started so I could keep track of all of the wonderful and amazing home goods online stores in one place. Now I really just can’t wait to share them with everyone! Here is a new one I found just the other week called http://www.PLAIDFOX.com

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My favorite part about this online home goods story is that you can shop a specific style. If you’re looking for a great industrial piece of furniture you can go straight to industrial, if you’re looking for a great coastal accent for your lake house you can go straight to all the coastal home goods! LOVE.

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It just gets even better, because if you don’t know what your style is, or really don’t know what you’re looking for but want something for your space you can take their “Find Your Style” test and see what would go best with your taste! Here were my results:

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They also run an amazing blog called THE DEN with home decorating ideas, recipes, and interviews with artists and designers.

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Now, here are some of my favorite products from THE PLAID FOX…

The Arvensis Wall Clock for $500

The Arvensis Wall Clock for $500

The Gaffert Iv hanging pendant light for $160

The Gaffert Iv hanging pendant light for $160

The Gramercy Pillow for $65

The Gramercy Pillow for $65

MY FAVORITE!! The Suspension book ends for only $50!

MY FAVORITE!! The Suspension book ends for only $50!

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REINCARNATION: Floor Lamp Favorites

Happy Monday morning everyone! I thought I would bring a little light to everyone’s week and talk about, well of course, lights! When I used to think of floor lamps I would think of the plastic floor lamp from Target that was in my dimly lit dorm room. Tacky and not functional. However, of recent I have rediscovered the beauty of the floor lamp when searching for lighting for our living room. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of floor lamps a few amazing options for any space!

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If you’re looking for a stylish floor lamp of your own, here are some of my favorites…

NOVARA FLOOR LAMP from Anthropologie for $398

NOVARA FLOOR LAMP from Anthropologie for $398

Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp (my favorite!!) from West Elm for $699

Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp (my favorite!!) from West Elm for $699

A touch of gold with the STELLA FLOOR LAMP from Urban Outfitters for $129

A touch of gold with the STELLA FLOOR LAMP from Urban Outfitters for $129

The Tripod Floor Lamp from Lampsplus for only $149!

The Tripod Floor Lamp from Lampsplus for only $149!

Last but certainly not least, the HEKTAR lamp from IKEA for $69.99

Last but certainly not least, the HEKTAR lamp from IKEA for $69.99

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Well Done

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I always grew up knowing that actions speak louder than words, but I don’t think I realized how important that is until later on in my life. Actions will always speak louder than words, you can say all of the things you want to about your world, your intentions, and your relationships, but at the end of the day what really matters is the job you did and the actions you took. I think in general people tell each other a lot of things, they tell themselves a lot of things, but what really separates us is the actions we take. We can tell each other we want deeper connections and different relationships, but actions are what matters. You can tell yourself all you want that you’re going to get up early and work out, blog, clean the house (whatever the case may be) but what really matters is if you actually do it. Now I am a dreamer, a thinker, and a planner. I am amazing at those things. I can dream up the biggest plans, think of the most amazing things to do, and plan them out. What I am going to strive to do this week, and beyond, is focus on the “doing” part. Focus on saying what I want, and working every day to achieve it. I am going to strive to let my actions speaks for themselves.

 

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HOME-SPIRATION: Painted Ceilings

From my extremely limited painting experience, I have come to realize that painting the ceiling is possibly the worst and most difficult part of the whole ordeal (so naturally David is the one who has painted all of our ceilings! Thank goodness for him!) This home-spiration, while back breaking, is such a great way to bring color and a bit of quirk to any space! Plus the idea is perfect if you only want to paint one wall, why not the ceiling? Here are some of my favorite home-spirations for painted ceilings.

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Stripes! I can imagine you would need a professional for that, but they are so fun!

Stripes! I can imagine you would need a professional for that, but they are so fun!

Understated gold for your living room.

Understated gold for your living room.

Painted ceiling with fun wall paper!  I love this color contrast!

Painted ceiling with fun wall paper! I love this color contrast!

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What a fun pop of color for your bathroom!

What a fun pop of color for your bathroom!

Subtle gray. LOVE.

Subtle gray. LOVE.

 

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REINCARNATION: Rustic Chic Living Room

This reincarnation look comes from lots of inspiration searching for our living room. I am craving a cowhide rug and sectional, and on one of my many searches I came across this great living room!

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Here is how to get this look at home…

The CARLISLE UPHOLSTERED Sectional with Chaise from Potterybarn, in Twill Cream for $2939

The CARLISLE UPHOLSTERED Sectional with Chaise from Potterybarn, in Twill Cream for $2939

This is the perfect neutral cowhide rug. The LIGHT NATURAL COWHIDE RUG from World Market on sale for $314.99

This is the perfect neutral cowhide rug. The LIGHT NATURAL COWHIDE RUG from World Market on sale for $314.99

 

WICKER BASKET PENDANT LIGHT for $149.99 from Dot & Bo

WICKER BASKET PENDANT LIGHT for $149.99 from Dot & Bo

This is the perfect rustic coffee table from World Market. The AIDEN COFFEE TABLE on sale right now for $289.99

This is the perfect rustic coffee table from World Market. The AIDEN COFFEE TABLE on sale right now for $289.99

Glass Cloche Terrariums from World Market ranging from $19.99-24.99

Glass Cloche Terrariums from World Market ranging from $19.99-24.99

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